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Silent Number (Channel 9 1974, Grigor Taylor)

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Crime drama series Silent Number followed the cases of Doctor Steve Hamilton who finds himself working with the police on numerous criminal investigations.

From Classic Australian TV: “The lead role in Silent Number was played by Grigor Taylor, who had only recently left his role of Detective Allan Curtis in the top-rating Crawfords-produced series Matlock Police. Taylor played Steve Hamilton, an idealistic doctor working for the New South Wales Health Department who has been seconded to the police force. His duties are involved with the health, both mental and physical, of the police, the criminals and their victims, and he finds himself as much mixed up with the human involvement as with the actual crimes. Hamilton joined the Health Department for two reasons: first, he thought it would be more fascinating and rewarding on a personal level than being a general practitioner, and second he couldn’t afford to start his own practice.

The title of the series refers to Hamilton’s private telephone number. In his role as a medical investigator he is often on call at all hours to assist the NSW police, as he could throw new light on what might otherwise appear to be a straightforward case. Although why someone who needs to be contacted at all hours has a silent phone number is not very clear…”

Silent Number 1974

Lots of top Australian actors appeared as guest stars in each episode. Among them are Peter Sumner, Jack Fegan, Janet Kingsbury, Elizabeth Crosby, Norman Yemm, and Harry Lawrence.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – South Pacific / 349×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1974

Producer: Roger Mirams

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GRIGOR TAYLOR as Dr Steve Hamilton
ELIZABETH ALEXANDER
DERYCK BARNES
TONY WAGNER (replaced quickly by Don Reid)
ROBIN TOLHURST (replaced by Ros Spiers)

 

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Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)

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Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.

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NICHOLAS BISHOP as Matt Bridges
SCOTT BURGESS as Bill Peterson
KIRSTY WRIGHT as Belinda Clark
MEME THORNE as Sunny Rodriguez
BRIDIE CARTER as Senior Constable Debbie Curtis
ALYSSA JANE COOK as Olivia Murray
TEO GILBERT as Skeez
JOLYON JAMES as Constable Stavros

crew details
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000

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Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)

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In one off thriller Murcheson Creek Andrew Murcheson returns to his home town to take over his father’s medical practice (the town being named Murcheson Creek in honour of his family.) He begins an affair with an old flame Karen Fields and also finds himself stirring up secrets that should have stayed buried after trying to settle his father’s accounts.

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Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Gordon Mcdougall
Lew Luton
Philippa Baker
Dennis Miller
Anne-Louise Lambert
John Orcsik

crew details
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976

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Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)

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Australian Gangster is a crime drama that will have a distinctly modern vibe. No real plot details have been released as yet but it’s being talked of a grand tale of crime in Western Sydney where glitz and glamour vie with drugs and laundered money. The behind the scenes crew have impressive pedigrees – it’s been written by Gregor Jordan (of Two Hands fame) and Romper Stomper author Malcolm Knox.

Producer John Edwards said “Just as Two Hands was an oblique take on a familiar form a generation ago, Australian Gangster will be a genre-bending crime drama series – confronting, affronting, touching and often laugh-out-loud crazy.”

Filming will begin early next year in and around Sydney.

crew details
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 7 – Roadshow Rough Diamond – Screen Australia – Create NSW – Red Arrow International
Duration: Not sure as yet
Aired From: In production

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